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- We offer exclusive seating to you and your party. Please inquire about our Private rooms on your next visit. You can also specify private room seating with your next reservation to confirm availability. Owner: Johnny Kao Executive Chef: Chen-Hua Yan Management Team: Edward Cheung, John Fong, Henry Lieu Date Opened: February 28, 1998 Concept Architect: Greg Olving In China, cooking is an ancient art rather than simply a nourishing necessity. Those dishes, which have stood the test of time, provide us with what is known as “the classic Chinese cuisine”. A well-planned meal will vary in texture and color as well as flavor and temperature to achieve overall harmony in the tradition of Ying and Yang. Each of the four main regions of the country has developed its own distinctive culinary style. Peking (North) provides a tender, delicate taste while Shanghai (East) uses light and savory flavors. In contrast are the crispy, unusual blends of Canton (South) and the fiery, spicy seasonings of Hunan and Szechwan (Central and West). To provide New York City, “Capital of the World”, with the best China has to offer, Mr. K’s has meticulously searched for dishes representing the essence of each of these regions. The most gourmet recipes with the best ingredients and subtlest of seasonings have been prepared under the masterful direction of our head chef. Their beautiful presentation on imperial flatware, served in grand style, is an exotic prelude to your delight.
- Upscale Chinese Restaurant with Upscale Banquet, Private Dining, Catering, and Private Party Catering
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Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Chinese, Pan Asian, Omelets
09/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
After reading some of the negative reviews, I really wanted to see for myself. I was visiting NYC for the 1st time and got tired of same old stuff! Especially the ""I'm better than you"" attitudes or the ""Do you really belong here?"" from the waiters in Manhattan. Being from the Cowboy State, (Wyoming in case you don't know) We can eat Steak and Italian anytime. Anyways, although we were somewhat intimidated at 1st, The waiter seemed to be walking on eggshells so the last thing we wanted to do was to offend the waiter! I Felt it was best to just ASK about the fancy table settings and the such that were being presented. The waiter was thrilled that he was being treated like a person and not a servant. He loosened up right away and was flattered that we didn't want to offend his culture and was more than happy to explain to us what the heck it was all about. The rest of our dining was a true delight. I had the Prawns/Scallops in Garlic sauce and my Wife had the Seafood Fried Rice. Wonton Soup was excellent ! As was the entire meal. Service was Great ! I truly think that by treating the waiter with respect and dignity made the evening even better and we were not the only ones that were pleased with the entire ""event "". Highly recommended !!!!!!
PS - Regardless of how you treat the waiter, It's definitely a 1st class operation there. Very pleasent time and educational for us I'm not not ashamed to admit. We will certainly go back when we return to NYC in the Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
07/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Today was my third visit. Highly recommended for its beautiful art deco decor; lovely place settings, serving dishes, and cutlery; nice ambience; and excellent service. And these positive things are consistent -- they've been positive every time I have been. And, sometimes, the food is excellent and highly recommended, too. But that's the thing -- having spent $80 for lunch for two people, you don't want the food to be SOMETIMES outstanding -- you want it ALWAYS to be outstanding. Today, one of the dishes was WELL and truly below average -- the fried rice we got was SO SALTY we had to send the whole thing back (it was like eating a salt lick, as if they had poured salt on it before sending it out). Not even the slightest whiff of a problem sending it back (goes back to the excellent service), and when it came back, it tasted MUCH better, but they had removed ALL the chicken and shrimp from it, which is presumably what drove the cost of $15 fried rice. Definitely worth a visit for the positives -- send the food back for another try if it doesn't meet your standards (and it may, but it may well not).
07/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Great Chinese dishes. The sauces were delicious and the service was great, French serving style. The dumplings were delicious and expertly done. Ginger Basil chicken was great.
The table setting was beautifully done with authentic Chinese style pieces. Nice high ceiling, beautifully decorated with Chinese vases and corals.
04/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The food here is not good. Atmosphere and decor is pretentious and tacky. Had the sizzling pepper steak, west lake lobster, beef dumplings, and a noodle dish. Was not impressed by any one of them. I have had so much better. Everything tasted and looked like take-out food. And their desserts? Forget about it. I regret ordering them. Although the food is bad, I am going to be fair. The service is good. I really liked the workers. They are friendly and attentive. Bad food, good service.
03/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I went to last year with friends for my husbands birthday and this year on Valentine's day-- and both experiences were wonderful. The service was excellent and the food, while not the best the best in the world, was very very good.
There's an old world charm to Mr. K's that you don't experience much in restaurants anymore, and rarely experience in the many 100's of Chinese restaraunts around the city.
The charming art deco decor is relaxing and comfortable, the servie is excellent and the Peking duck wonderful. The waitstaff aren't actors earning money to pay their rent, but seasoned professionals who guide you through your meal seamlessly and efficiently.
I've seen the sorbet mentioned in several reviews-- it's not a dessert but a palatte cleanser between courses--a bit of advice, don't review the sorbet in any restaurant. Where have these people been eating?
I would highly recommend this place, and it's escpecially good to share with a group of friends.
01/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I love Chinese cuisine and have had it all over the country. This has to be among the best I have ever had. The prices are reasonable and the service is fine. The food was exactly as I ordered and came out in the time frame it should. The restaurant itself is nice with a cool decor. I reccomend it to anyone who enjoys Chinese and wants to dry a different place.
11/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
During my trip to NYC, a friend wanted to show me to a nice place, so we went to check out Mr. K's -- with its high ratings and all. Well, based on my experience, I'm quite puzzled about the reasons behind the kudos. I left the restaurant confused about the the restaurant's gimmick, livid about the service, and appalled by the over-pricing of their menu.
As for the food, I do applaud it as being tasty. Albeit overpriced at $14/plate (which the rude waiter did not inform us), the crispy beef, love dumplings, and the spring rolls were good. Moreover, the sorbet to cleanse the palate was a refreshing touch (i.e. literally and figuratively). The food is good but tries to be a mix of authentic chinese and P.F. Chang's westernized style. Coupled with the ambiguous style of menu is the flamboyant setting of pink tapestry and yellow-gilded (Louis XVI would be jealous) dining ware. The waiter was extremely rude -- our question of ""what are some of your specialties?"" was met with a snarling retort of ""Everything is good!"". The dishes averaging $25-30 is reasonable, but what is NOT is charging $3/pot for Jasmine tea. What Chinese restaurant charges for tea?
It all made for an ""experience"", but nothing I intend to revisit. Mr. K, I need that sorbet again to cleanse my palate of the experience.